Charles A. Whatley

Funeral services for Charles Arthur Whatley, 91, Lawrence will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery. He passed away Friday, March 30, 2018 at his home.

Charles was born January 20, 1927 in London, England, the son of William and Dorothy (Ware) Whatley. He attended the University of London.

Charles served in the Royal Navy on the HMS Glory during WWII.

Charles married Hilda Costella on June 20, 1948 in Morden, Surrey, England. They immigrated to the United States in 1957. Hilda preceded him in death in 2006.

Charles met Frankie Enfield at a dance and shared eleven years of companionship. They were never apart since the day they met.

Charles founded the ChaDa Sales company in 1971. ChaDa Sales is now a three generation company in Lawrence.

He enjoyed golf, dancing, gardening, crossword puzzles, cards, and his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was a member of Lawrence Country Club for years.

Survivors include his daughters Christine Copp of Lawrence and Janet Christiano of Huntington Beach, CA; son, Marc Whatley of Lawrence; grandchildren Charles Copp, Jessica Collins, Francesca Whatley, and Tony Whatley of Lawrence, and John Christiano and Jennifer Christiano of Austin, TX.

The family will greet friends from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 3 at the mortuary.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his name to Van Go Arts, 715 New Jersey St. , Lawrence, KS, 66044, and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary.

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17 Condolences

  1. Melba McFadden on March 31, 2018 at 7:18 pm

    So sorry for your loss. Charles was a great grandfather to all his grandkids.

  2. Wanda Roberts on March 31, 2018 at 8:06 pm

    Our deepest sympathy
    Cletus & Wanda Roberts

  3. Melanie and Kevin Fyfe on March 31, 2018 at 8:30 pm

    Such an amazing man with such an amazing family. Sending our love, thoughts and prayers to you all.

  4. Jannine on April 1, 2018 at 7:55 am

    We are going to miss Uncle Charlie and his infectious spirit – may your family find peace with the memories of his time here
    Lots of love Jannine and Emma Sullivan

  5. Carol L Langston on April 1, 2018 at 11:28 am

    I enjoyed taking care of him in the hospital. He called me “Cookie” and I called him “Fred”. It was a running joke. He always had a smile. I will miss him.

  6. Michele Simpson on April 1, 2018 at 1:16 pm

    Chris, Marc, and family,
    We are sorry for your loss.
    Michele and Resse Simpson

  7. Cindy Ferrell on April 1, 2018 at 5:38 pm

    Very sorry for your loss. Charles was a wonderful, sweet man.

  8. Kathy Reddy on April 1, 2018 at 6:41 pm

    Our sympathies to all. I will miss playing Words With Friends with Charles..tough opponent!
    Mike and Kathy Reddy

  9. Dareld & Martha Albright and Family on April 1, 2018 at 7:53 pm

    Chris, Janet, Marc and Family:
    Our Sincere Sympathy in the loss of Your Father he was a Great Friend and done
    so much for Me and my Family. He will never be forgotten.

  10. John Dyrseth on April 1, 2018 at 9:27 pm

    Karen and I will always cherish the good times we had with Chuck on many occasions. He was a very nice person and extremely intelligent businessman. Our sympathies to the Wheatley family.

  11. David Davison on April 1, 2018 at 10:15 pm

    Dave Davison & Family:

    My sincerest sympathies to Charles’s family. He was a very kind and thoughtful person who will be missed by everyone who knew him…

  12. Wendel Patterson on April 2, 2018 at 5:54 am

    Chuck & I met in the late 60’s when I used to buy Flex Kleen dust filters from him and later bought his products represented by ChaDa. Chuck was the only Rep calling on me who knew his product. We became good friends during the following years; even competitors later on but always remained good friends. I’d have to say
    Charles (Chuck) Whatley set the bar very high for manufacturers reps in the
    Midwest. My prayers are with all the family for the loss of this wonderful man, Chuck Whatley.

  13. Wendel Patterson on April 2, 2018 at 6:03 am

    Prayers for Chris and all Chucks family and friends which are many. Our long friendship of almost 60 years, I consider a wonderful Blessing of God.

  14. Trish & Harry Hite on April 2, 2018 at 8:44 am

    We are so sorry for your loss. Charles was such a wonderful man. We enjoyed his company and feel very fortunate to have known him.

  15. Terry Maholland on April 2, 2018 at 11:55 am

    Chris, Jessica and families: Chuck had the great gift to enlighten a room when he entered. He taught me so much when I came into the industry. I will always remember him for his willingness to share his knowledge. My sincerest sympathies to his family and friends.

  16. Mike hubbard on April 2, 2018 at 12:38 pm

    I am so sorry your loss. I really thought the world of this man. He was a good friend. I enjoyed his stories and his laugh. I will miss him. RIPMY FRIEND.

  17. Kevin Peterson on April 4, 2018 at 2:43 pm

    Chuck founded Chada Sales and was a manufacturers representative for Vortex Valves. I always enjoyed working with him as he called on customers in the dry bulk material handling industries. Chuck was both a salesman and a teacher. His “English accent” was a favorite trade mark!

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